Weather washes out Captain’s big weekend

IT WAS A WEEKEND which promised to deliver a Captain’s Prize winner, but the weather was the only champion at Callan GC.

IT WAS A WEEKEND which promised to deliver a Captain’s Prize winner, but the weather was the only champion at Callan GC.

The elements intervened, with torrential rain on Saturday night and Sunday morning forcing the closure of the course. Conditions left club captain Sean Walzer and his competition organisers with no option but to postpone the event until August.

The result was unfortunate for those who played in beautiful conditions on Friday and Saturday, producing scores that would have qualified. However, all will get their chance to take home the title when the competition is played on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The new date has brought a change to the club calendar. The President’s Shield, scheduled for the August Bank Holiday Weekend, will now be played on Sunday, July 1. Sean Walzer’s Captain’s Prize will be held from August 3 to 5.

MATCHPLAY - All involved in the matchplay events are facing a busy week as the deadline for the current rounds (Sunday) looms.

The club matchplay competition’s round of 32 must be completed, with the following matches up for decision: B. Cullen v B. Mernagh, R. Gypps v J. Kennedy, K. O’Gorman v D. Morris, J. Lennon v P. Cunningham, D. Walzer v N. O’Sullivan, S. McCarthy v L. Brennan, K. Walzer v P. Cashin, T. Kenny v J. Kirby, D. Collins v M. Trimble, P. Donovan v J. O’Dwyer, A. Cunningham v P. Denny, B. Doheny v J. Healy, R. Condon v B. Wall, I. Fitzpatrick v O. O’Connor, S. Cuddihy v D. Lawlor, D. Carey v P. Madigan.

The scratch matchplay event has reached the last 16. Among the ties are defending champion Richie Condon’s match against Ian Fitzpatrick. The full list is: L. Donnelly v P. Madigan, N. O’Donovan v T. Manogue, I. Fitzpatrick v R. Condon, J. O’Dwyer v J. Lynch, L. Brennan v M. O Halloran, B. Doheny v S. Brett, N. O’Sullivan v P. Norris. Hugh Fitzpatrick has already qualified for the quarter-finals.

In the club fourball competition Paul Cashin & John Leahy, Richie Condon & Paddy Donovan and Mick Hickey & Peter Ryan have already qualified for the quarter-finals. The following matches are down for completion: L. Malone & M. Murphy v P. Norris & N. O’Sullivan, M. Walsh & M. Fitzpatrick v W. Phelan & J. Moroney, J. Kirby & J. Healy v D. Lawlor & B. Mernagh, K. O Gorman & O. O’Connor v K. & D. Walzer, J. Lennon & A. Cunningham v P. Cunningham & J. Kinsella.

Pat Mulrooney and Denis Collins have qualified for the quarter-finals of the club foursomes competition. They are awaiting seven other pairs from these matches: P. Cashin & R. O’Dwyer v B. Doheny & W. Hartley, J. Logue & M. Maher v K. O’Driscoll & J. Madigan, R. Needham & L. Needham v J. Wellwood & T. Kenny, A. Cunningham & J. Lennon v L. Brennan & N. Morrissey, S. Greene & M. Davis v M. Murphy & L. Malone, B. Cullen & P. McGuinness v B. Hennessy/J. Glendon.

OPEN SINGLES - The Open Singles Series continues to attract large numbers of visitors and members alike. The latest competition was won by Kevin O’Connor, who compiled an excellent 43 points to beat Niall Brett by a shot.

Both golfers have qualified for the Autumn final along with the in-form Paul Madigan, who won another gross prize with a fine one over total. The competition continues every Wednesday with an early bird option available for visitors before noon.

JUNIORS - The junior Summer programme got under way last week with an introductory session for young golfers. Junior members are welcome to attend every Tuesday from 7.30 to 8.30am.

The older junior members started their Monday competitions on the Bank Holiday, with over 25 juniors getting up early to play. The juniors will have competitions every Monday at 8.30am throughout the Summer.

RGA - The RGA will contest the Jack O’Shea Trophy competition on Monday at their usual time.

LOTTO - There was another lotto winner at the club on Thursday. Rita Cashin picked up E850 when her numbers 11, 17 and 26 came up.

This week’s jackpot will be E750.

RESULTS - Results, Open Singles Series, May 30: 1 Kevin O’Connor, 43pts; 2 Niall Brett, 42pts; gross Paul Madigan, 35pts.

Results, ladies competition, May 29: 1 Catherine Dore, 63pts; 2 Margaret O’Dwyer, 71pts; gross Rita O’Neill, 83pts; 3 Kathleen Phelan, 71pts. Best 30-36: Betty Leahy, 76pts.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Men’s Open Singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Ladies 55 Club, 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Kilkenny Active Golf Society, 2 to 4pm. Social Mixed, 5.30pm.

Saturday: Freshford Golf Society, 9 to 9.50am. Bennettsbridge Golf Society, 10 to 11am. Brett’s Golf Society, 2.30 to 3.30pm. Men’s Fourball. Sunday: Men’s Fourball up to 1pm. Ladies Scotch foursomes, 1 to 5pm.

Monday: Juniors, 8.30 to 10am: RGA Jack O’Shea Trophy, 11am to 1pm. Tuesday: Ladies Day.